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Jennifer

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  • Status Anxiety

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Alain de Botton
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (32)

    This is a book about an almost universal anxiety that is rarely mentioned: an anxiety about what others think of us, about whether we're judged a success or a failure, a winner or a loser. This is a book about status anxiety. Best-selling author Alain de Botton asks, with lucidity and charm, where our worries about status come from and what, if anything, we can do to surmount them.

    Jesse says: "A book about one of society's worst diseases"
    "something no one talks about"
    Overall

    This is the rare sample of a book which had me engrossed as an audiobook, which I wouldn't have gotten through if it was on paper. Presented as nearly an academic treatise, the book is filled with data and great anecdotes supporting his points. I've been highly recommending it to everyone I know, as it makes you think about the things we strive for every day, and makes you understand why they feel worth so much sacrifice.

    But it's not just a thoughtful, serious work -- it also kept me engaged with many amusing stories. I'm going to buy everything else he's written!

    17 of 20 people found this review helpful

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